Review Unit 2

This unit taught me a lot about leadership and management. Below are a summary of my findings and opinions:

 

Nursing leadership is an important role to understand. Those that were in nursing leadership roles first thought that it was about leading. This meant knowing answers and being a resource to others. Also, dictating and organizing the body of nurses. When I heard what Sean said about leadership being the “cheerleader” it made me rethink leadership. By nature, I usually want to follow and respect my leader. If they are encouraging to me then I am more determined to get the job done and do a good job. People want a leader who is confident. Even if my leader doesn’t know everything I feel good talking to someone who has confidence that if we don’t know the answer we can figure it out together. I guess that leads me to believe that a leader should be approachable. A leader should not be prideful and intimidating. They should want to interact with those whom they lead.

            Leaders should make others feel comfortable and ensure they know what is expected of them. Curtis E. Lamay said, “If your leadership is not directed completely toward the mission, your leadership has failed”. This quote made me think about each policy and procedure that we do. It makes it hard to follow these ‘rules’ if we don’t understand the reason behind them.  A good leader will ensure that each policy and procedure has a reason behind it. Each policy leads to our mission to give the best delivery of health care. A good leader will see a disobedient nurse and help them understand the reasons we do these things. As well, just as George Shaw said, “having the same manner” for all people is crucial. Treat everyone the same. These are qualities of a great leader.

Management.

            Management is about the action taken to run an organization or team. Management is a deep focus on the tasks needed for the team to run. This includes, but is not limited to, delivering health care, dealing with customer complaints, dealing with employee complaints, etc. If you are a leader I think it is important to evaluate what type of leadership style you have.  

The team activities led me to consider the opinion of others and see things from their perspective. Their opinion definitely affected mine. I was impressed by the ideas they brought up and it shed a different light on the idea of who leaders are and why. 

I can use this information to help me understand how others view leaders and what makes them good. This unit was insightful and I appreciate using outside sources (such as the modern healthcare) to see applicable situations. 

Characteristics of Leaders

1.       Leadership requires personal mastery – Nurses demonstrate leadership when they show competence and mastery in the tasks they perform. Nurses are deemed competent by means of a license to practice nursing (NLN 2010).

2.       Leadership is about values – Nurses have a personal philosophy of what they believe in. It is well thought out and followed. 

3.       Leadership is about service – Nurses participate in their community. They volunteer and look for opportunities to offer nursing skills. 

4.       Leadership is about people and relationships – Nurses are involved in networking and building relationships. They are subscribed to lounges and forums. 

5.       Leadership is contextual – Nurses are constantly educating themselves on current matters and news. 

6.       Leadership is about the management of meaning – Nurses educate themselves and others about the reason behind each policy and procedure. 

7.       Leadership is about balance – Nurses evaluate the work/life balance and ensure patients and employees are well taken care of. 

8.       Leadership is about continuous learning and improvement – Nurses are involved in education classes to improve characteristics of leading and also nursing skills. 

9.       Leadership is about effective decision making – Nurses act out of logic and not out of emotion. They consider the implications, outcomes, and re-evaluate past decisions. 

10.   Leadership is a political process – Nurses are non-discrimatory against race, religion, or sexuality. They instead consider the values they hold and others hold. 

11.   Leadership is about modeling – Nurses emulate the qualities of successful leaders in the past. 

12.   Leadership is about integrity – Nurses are honest in all their dealings within and out of the hospital setting. 

Leadership & Management

Thoughts on leadership & management:

            Nursing leadership is an important role to understand. Those that were in nursing leadership roles first thought that it was about leading. This meant knowing answers and being a resource to others. Also, dictating and organizing the body of nurses. When I heard what Sean said about leadership being the “cheerleader” it made me rethink leadership. By nature, I usually want to follow and respect my leader. If they are encouraging to me then I am more determined to get the job done and do a good job. People want a leader who is confident. Even if my leader doesn’t know everything I feel good talking to someone who has confidence that if we don’t know the answer we can figure it out together. I guess that leads me to believe that a leader should be approachable. A leader should not be prideful and intimidating. They should want to interact with those whom they lead.

            Leaders should make others feel comfortable and ensure they know what is expected of them. Curtis E. Lamay said, “If your leadership is not directed completely toward the mission, your leadership has failed”. This quote made me think about each policy and procedure that we do. It makes it hard to follow these ‘rules’ if we don’t understand the reason behind them.  A good leader will ensure that each policy and procedure has a reason behind it. Each policy leads to our mission to give the best delivery of health care. A good leader will see a disobedient nurse and help them understand the reasons we do these things. As well, just as George Shaw said, “having the same manner” for all people is crucial. Treat everyone the same. These are qualities of a great leader.

Management.

            Management is about the action taken to run an organization or team. Management is a deep focus on the tasks needed for the team to run. This includes, but is not limited to, delivering health care, dealing with customer complaints, dealing with employee complaints, etc. If you are a leader I think it is important to evaluate what type of leadership style you have.  

 

DISK personality test:

In my results of the DISK personality test I am a dominant individual. Most of the results weren’t a surprise to me. I also had a couple checks in the ‘steady’ column. I think I have become more of a ‘steady’ person since I got married. My spouse is very much a ‘dominant’ individual, so I have learned to follow him. 

Knowing your personality type lets you evaluate what type of leader you will be. It is important to know the type of person you are and to know how you run. It is even more important to know how other personality types react to yours. Then, to adapt your teaching and leading style to those who may learn differently. With the results of this test I will study the ‘bad’ effects of a dominant personality and figure out how to tone down a ‘dominant’ personality (where it needs to be). 

    

Introduction

Hello, to whoever may be lucky enough to read my blog. My name is Michele Johansen Hutchinson. I was born in the Netherlands and grew up in Highland, Utah. I recently accomplished one of my life goals which was to become a nurse. I am very proud of myself. I am so excited when I get to start as a nurse and get to work. I am also excited to get past training so that I can feel like a real nurse, finally.

In the meantime, I will be studying to get my BSN. This blog will provide an outlet for me to organize my thoughts, questions, concerns, and just plain old comments. It will be a platform for me to see my progress.